Sunday, May 23, 2010

It's Obama's Katrina, Mr. Gibbs

WSJ reported:

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed media critics who have said the spill would become the Obama administration's Katrina, the hurricane that devastated New Orleans in 2005. In the case of Katrina, Mr. Gibbs said, the federal government didn't response in the beginning. With the BP incident, "we were there immediately. We have been there ever since," he said.
This chronology could aid Gibb's recollection:

April 20
Deepwater Horizon rig explodes, killing 11 people.

April 24
Gibbs said "accidents happen" and Obama stated the event would not halt his push for offshore drilling off the East Coast and Florida. The spill is 400 square miles.

April 26
The spill grows to 1,800 square miles.

April 29
The Obama administration pledged an all-out response Thursday to the massive oil spill now expected to reach the Gulf Coast within a day and dispatched top officials to the region to help coordinate defenses against the potential environmental disaster.

April 30
Two Air Force C-130s were sent to Mississippi and awaited orders to start dumping chemicals on the oil spill.

May 1
Thad Allen put in charge of emergency response.

May 23
A government team spent the weekend crunching reams of existing data—from video footage and pressure readings to overhead imagery—to try to come up with a more accurate estimate by early this week.

Actually, "deer in the headlights" Bush acted twice as fast as a similarly flatfooted Obama. Both excel at corporate risk management. Watch Obama's actions, not his lips. BP has proven it cannot be trusted and the President remains hands off.

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